Japan investors target Brazil for yen carry-trade bets
* Uridashi, institutional flows chase Brazil's high yields
* JPY/BRL carry trade has returned over 7 pct so far in 2014
* End of Brazil rate-rise cycle may cool investor enthusiasm
By Lisa Twaronite
TOKYO, May 14 (Reuters) - The wide gap between Japan's interest rates and those of Brazil's has attracted investors to the yen carry-trade for Brazilian assets in spite of emerging market risks.
Borrowing cheap yen to fund purchases of Brazilian stocks and bonds has proven a winning strategy so far this year. Some analysts, however, think investor sentiment could cool with Brazil's interest rates not expected to rise further and on potential political risks.
The Bank of Japan's massive monetary stimulus unfurled 13 months ago has kept Japanese rates at rock-bottom levels, in sharp contrast with Brazil's 11 percent benchmark.
With most other major currencies such as the dollar and the euro offering yields only slightly better than the yen, retail and institutional investors are looking to higher-yielding emerging markets. The feel-good factor of the forthcoming World Cup is also giving sentiment towards Brazil a boost.
"With all the hype of the World Cup, the overall sentiment is one of buoyancy," said Bart Wakabayashi, head of forex at State Street Global Markets in Tokyo. "There's still reason to like the long-Brazil trade." Continuación...